Apart from being the UK's largest piece of public art, The Arcelor Mittal Orbit is now home to the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide. It was opened for public on 24th June, 2016. Artist Carsten Holler has designed the 178 m long helter skelter slide after developing on an initial proposal by Bblur Architecture. It's the latest intervention to the 115 meter-tall (377 ft) Orbit that was designed for 2012 london olympics by sculptor Sir Anish kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. The slide is constructed in Queen Elizabeth olympic park and took nine weeks to complete.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit was made from 600 prefabricated star like nodes. They were assembled on site by four men and a crane after being precision built by a team of 100 staff in Bolton, Lancashire. The slide is made of 35,000 bolts and enough steel to make 265 double-decker buses . This slide is 584 feet long and is 250 feet above ground level. The slide looks very much like soft bobsleds.
Riders wear elbow pads and helmets before being slotted in after accessing the slide via a viewing deck or central elevator. The 40 second trip through the 584-foot long "tunnel" starts 250 feet above the ground, circling the tower twelve times in a series of twists and loops. This includes a corkscrew section named the "bettfeder". Bettfeder is named after the german word for "bedspring". Slide ends along a 165 foot flat stretch. Brief, topsy-turvy views of the city skyline can be seen through the transparent panels along the way.
Tickets for the slide cost approx $22 for adults and $15 for children while the minimum age to ride is 8 and minimum height is 4'2". To use The Slide you must have a combination ticket for general entry to the ArcelorMittal Orbit and The Slide. As the slide is fully enclosed, it was advised by the authorities that this experience isn't ideal for those with claustrophobia. visitors are supposed not to wear loose clothing, large jewellery or inappropriate footwear on the slide. Visitors with a pre-existing medical condition should seek medical advice before booking a ticket.